It’s Oprah! It’s academic! It’s “Oprahdemics,” a series hosted by best friends, historians, and Oprah obsessives Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Riguer to study The Queen of Talk. This podcast will explore the most iconic episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show with guests who flaunt their encyclopedic Oprah knowledge bases every week.
Podsauce loves “Super Soul,” so naturally we’re tuning in for more Oprah-based content. Since March, the series has released weekly episodes less than an hour on average each. Stream the series in any order to rehash a specific TV episode. We also recommend streaming the podcast’s premiere episode, “Oprah 101: Why Oprah Matters,” for more background on the hosts, why they love Oprah, and her vast impact on culture.
The podcast will dive into Oprah’s diet fads, meat industry wars, book club controversies, giveaways, and how the show sparked conversations on police brutality and sexuality. The hosts and guests will analyze Oprah as a “historical, social, and political force” while having lots of fun in their conversations.
Do you remember when Oprah and Harpo Studios’ staff went vegan for a week, tracked their dietary journeys, and shared the results on TV? Marcia Chatelain recalled watching this episode and recapped with the hosts in “Oprah Goes Vegan.” Marcia’s book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, won the Pulitzer Prize for History, and she is also a professor at Georgetown University.
The hosts and Marcia discussed whether or not they have tried a vegan diet then dove into why this episode contained all classic elements that made The Oprah Winfrey Show successful and resonated with audiences. This episode shared some news, broached issues affecting society, featured guests like the cookbook author Kathy Freston and Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. They shared strategies for people wanting to experiment with plant-based diets.
The Oprah Winfrey Show’s correspondent, Lisa Ling, visited a meat processing plant. Oprah also opened up about her personal experiences, as she often does, and the hosts shared how her platform impacts health and food culture. This TV episode launched conversations on health, ethical eating, and food as a privilege – catering to personal preference or taste rather than surviving on what’s available and affordable. On the podcast, they discussed the ethics of the meat industry and its workers. Marcia and the hosts explained what this episode could have included if it was new and airing in 2022.
“Oprahdemics” is presented by Radiotopia. Tune in weekly wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.